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Want to know how wins the automation cage battle between Cypress vs Playwright? What open-source tool can help you scale your DevOps and SRE? Has your software escaped the blast radius of the latest GitHub Breach? Find out the answers to these and other end-to-end full pipeline DevOps, automation, performance, and security testing in 10 minutes or less in this episode of the test guild news show for the week of April 24
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Want to know who wins the automation cage battle between Cypress or Playwright? Want to know what Open-Source tool can help you scale your DevOps in SRE? And has your software escaped the blast radius of the latest GitHub breach? Find out the answers to these and all other end and full pipeline DevOps, automation testing, performance testing, and security testing in 10 minutes or less in this episode of the Test Guild new show for the week of April 24th. So grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea, and let's do this.
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First up, automation news.
So it's been a while since I featured either UFT or anything from MicroFocus on the show, but I just noticed they have a new release that if you're using UFT Mobile, you definitely need to know about. So this latest version extends mobile testing with unparalleled flexibility to test public devices in the cloud. Provides a better Appium testing experience, which optimizes your users experience, and introduces new technology updates, so if you check it out, has an improved lab screen simulations for Appium, iOS simulation support, multiple Appium version support and a bunch more. So all you UFT users definitely check that out in the first link down below.
So speaking about mobile testing, this next news article caught my attention. It's from Satya, who's been a frequent speaker at the Automation Guild Guild Conferences. So thank you Satya for that. And he's an SDET automation developer testing expert and this article. Is all how to run integration tests on Flutter apps. What I like about this article, it's a real-world scenario of someone that's actually in the field doing testing every day in automation, and Satyas experiences how they test the Flutter apps, and he talks about how they run unit. And Widget test but integration tests have proven to be problematic, and he goes over the problems and the solutions for the types of things he's seeing when he's doing this for his Flutter app. So thank you Satya for that, and if you're not following Satya definitely give him a follow because he always dropping a lot of testing knowledge.
So you won't see an epic battle between two up-and-coming automation frameworks? Cypress versus Playwright? If so, here's a must watch webinar that you need to register for. Right now, it's not to be missed. I know it's going to be awesome, so it's going to have Filip who's a Cypress ambassador, and I also featured him on our last episode. He's going to be representing Cypress in corner one. And corner 2 we have the one and only Andy knight the automation panda and he's going to be advocating or he's going to be representing playwright. And As you know, over the past few years, both Cypress and playwright have major contenders for market share. It's no surprise that both frameworks have really cool features like automatic waiting, and cross-browser support and help you with a lot of different tracing. But I always get questions on which one should I use Cypress or playwright? Here's your chance to check it out. So definitely two heavyweight champions in the ring going at it to show you some of the major features and how they differ might be similar in Cypress versus playwright, and you definitely should register for this once again and the links down below.
Speaking of Playwright this project is a collection of tools of different tools to help in the QA automation process, and this package uses the Testla Screenplay Core package to implement the screenplay pattern for playwright. A lot of people tell me that this is a superior option over page objects, and they've seen less maintenance and more reliable tests using this approach. And this just goes over how to use the package and what the different features are that you can implement. So if you want to dip your toe in the screenplay pattern and see what it offers you versus the page object? Definitely check this npm package out and let me know what you think.
So another popular tool I know a lot of automation engineers use is Postman, and I found this latest article on LinkedIn. So this is by Rebecca and has an interesting perspective from VentureBeat on the API economy that everyone needs to know about if their testers how to test APIs. And it's even going to be even more a growing trend in the future years and how Postman is helping drive this as well. Making this an API API first type world. And I knew postman was popular, but I didn't know it was this popular. They recently hit 20 million users, and the article goes over how most businesses aren't API first, and they aren't using the API first approach to development. And this is mostly due to having smaller developer teams more focused on getting the internal and external applications working correctly. So some interesting facts they pulled out of this article are that large organizations are significantly more likely to embrace an API, first development model, and companies that consider themselves API first actually have fewer private APIs. And obviously, with the growth of the API first economy, it's something that's going to become more and more popular. If you're a tester or developer, you need to learn how to test API better because it's going to come more and more common. And this article just points out one of the main reasons why this is a trend that stuff they're going to take off in the years to come. And if you haven't tried postman, here's a chance to try it out and see how it can help you with this new API first economy will be seeing more and more of.
Next up in performance in Site Reliability news.
All right, this next article caught my attention because it's actually about a tool that I've known about for a few years, but I don't think I've ever mentioned it on this new show. I think it's a tool you definitely should know more about. If you really want to know how to scale your DevOps in a SRE efforts and this article goes over how Dynatrace created Keptn, which is an open-source project that helps you scale DevOps in a SRE. For those that don't know, Keptn is an open-source project, which is a reference implementation of Google's SRE principles and its goal is to accelerate innovation by eliminating the need for custom automation scripts and point-to-point tool integrations. And it goes over why automated orchestration is critical as well. So definitely a cool, open-source tool. And if you haven't tried it already, I highly recommend you try it. And once again, let me know what your thoughts are or leave a comment down below on your thoughts about it.
And we keep talking more and more about observability so this article goes over why SolarWinds is evolving from monitoring to observability, and they go over why they think it's critical for them to address their user's ability to automate, observe, visualize and remediate their environment, and in doing so, reduce the time to detect and resolve issues so they have more productivity cycles to accelerate their organization's transformation and the way they're doing this. They actually announced a new release of their SolarWinds hybrid cloud observability solution. I don't think I've ever heard of SolarWinds, so if you click on SolarWinds, some key features on network infrastructure and application performance, observability, physical and virtual hosting, device monitoring, automated discovery, and dependency mapping, historical real-time dashboard, and a whole bunch more. And it says it starts a $5 and you could try a free trial. Like I said, never tried it before. But as I keep mentioning, observability is hot, hot, hot. If you're not doing observability, I don't think your applications are going to be very performant. And definitely, you need to learn a lot of these tools. If your testers will be more aware of them. Because as we go to cloud-first, I think observability is going to grow even more. And using a tool for hybrid cloud type of observability sounds like something that is going to become a popular thing that's going to be needed for a lot of organizations. So definitely something to check out or start learning more about.
Next up, security news.
And I'm not sure if I cover this and the previous news show, but this article goes over the blast radius of the GitHub breach caused major security concerns for a lot of companies and a lot of researchers in the security space. This article starts off with a fairly ominous warning, and that is the extent in which software supply chains may be compromised in the wake of a security breach was disclosed by GitHub may include thousands of organizations, and it just goes over what that compromise was. It has something to do with OAuth user tokens, which are maintained by Heroku, which is an arm of Salesforce. And it says in fact, the full extent of the blast radius of this breach may never be known unless every organization using Heroku or Travis CI platforms discloses whether their software supply chains were a breached. So if your organization is using Heroku or Travis CI and you haven't checked it out yet, make sure that your software isn't compromised by this latest GitHub breach.
So I'm always on the lookout for new tools that can help you with any type of automation along your software development pipeline. And so this next article talks all about Contrast Security introduces cloud-native automation and cloud-native has been hot, hot, hot, and so let's see where this tool is all about. And so the article just talks about how they announced the introduction of cloud-native automation for users leveraging Red Hat OpenShift, and those types of users can now deploy containerized applications, with embedded security features within a native continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline. And this enables Red Hat OpenShift users to retain scalability while adding automated security tests as a routine part of their software development process.
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So that's it for this episode of the Test Guild's new show I'm Joe, and my mission is to help you succeed in creating and full-stack pipeline automation awesomeness, as always, test everything and keep the good. Cheers.